Course provides the student with a knowledge base of the history, theory, philosophies, and foundations of early childhood education (Birth - Age 8). Course also provides students with foundational knowledge regarding issues surrounding early childhood special education. Students examine family, community, and cultural influences on development of the young child, consider trends and threats to relationships and cultural id entity, and explore the topic of ethics including ethical behavior and practices in the classroom setting and community. Topics also include the roles and responsibilities for the Early Childhood Education professional, integrating the influences of history and philosophy with an emphasis on issues of professionalism, ethics, and program types. Field experience required.